Citing alleged insider knowledge of talks conducted between Obama and French President Sarkozy, Haaretz's front page story berated the U.S. Democratic candidate as "utterly immature." The strategy backfired.
Supporting the status quo on Israel is the path of least resistance. It is easy and risk-free. But it only adds to Israel's security problems -- and America's declining strategic position in the Middle East.
To the extent to which Obama had trailed McCain in popularity ratings among Israelis, it was due to a lack of familiarity with the young senator. That is something that his visit lay to rest. Obama was a hit.